31 August 2011

Practicing my appetizers

  You know I was thinking today, I don't know about you but we eat a lot of appetizers between the months of September and January.  I guess it's just the perfect food for football, festivals, Halloween, holiday parties. 
This is the third or fourth variation I've made with this fabulous ingredient.   But first I need to give kudos out to one of my friends http://www.richfletchersgoodfoodrevolution.blogspot.com/
Rich was one of my first food buddies when I set up my page on facebook.  He also is the one that introduced me to the versatility of Won Ton Wrappers.  So again thanks Rich.

Tonight to go along with some REALLY spicy chili I wanted something a little different. 

 Just take a little olive oil rubbed on wrappers and put in a small muffin tin and bake in a 350  over for about 5 minutes.  Then take cream cheese, diced garlic, diced green onions, salt, pepper and a little extra garlic powder. Mix all of this together and then fill semi baked won ton wrappers.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.
When done, top with a dollop of jalapeno jelly and serve immediately.

28 August 2011

Banana Cake

A co worker of mine has brought this cake to us a couple of times and I always LOVE it.  I finally used her recipe and made my own.  It is SO good.  If you're looking for a super moist delicious cake this is the one. 

Banana Cake-Recipe from Betty

2 Egg Yolks
1/2 Cup Butter softened
2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup of Buttermilk
4 Ripe Bananas cut up
2 Cups of Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 Egg Whites beaten

Mix egg yolks, butter and sugar with mixer.  Slowly add buttermilk and then the bananas.  Sift in flour, salt and soda.  Combine well.  Fold in 2 beaten egg whites.

Bake in 13x9 inch buttered and floured pan at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes.


8 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 Cup of Milk
1 to 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
Combine all ingredients adding milk or sugar depending on desired consistency.  I made it a little on the thin side to smoothly and evenly cover the cake.


24 August 2011

A spin on Stuffed Peppers

Peppers are popping out all over around here.  Our Cayenne's are all turning red, jalapenos, big jims and bells, they all did fabulous this year.  I think with the extreme heat we had the peppers thrived.  Anyway, I made good use of a few for dinner.  I hope you give it a try, it's delish and a super easy weeknight meal.

These are the measurements for two Stuffed Peppers. 

1/2 pound ground beef cooked
1 onion diced
1 cayenne pepper diced
2 cloves of garlic diced
cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt to taste
Combine all ingredients
Stuff peppers.

Cook at 350 for 15 minutes.  Add shredded cheddar cheese to the top of each stuffed pepper and let cook about 10 more minutes. 

I served on rice that was cooked with two diced chili's and 2 small diced tomatoes and their juice.

This was delish!!  ENJOY!!

Rice cooking with tomatoes, green chilies, salt, pepper.

Saute onions, garlic and cayenne in a little olive oil.

Mix ground beef, sauteed veggies and spices and stuff peppers.

17 August 2011

TAG...You're It!

I was tagged by saucygirlskitchen.com in this game that is floating around through the blogger world.
If you get tagged, answer these 7 questions using previous posts from your blog and tag 6 of your blogger friends. 

Have fun and THANK YOU Saucy Girl!!

1. Most beautiful post... http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/01/wonderful-cake-recipe.html

2. Most popular post...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/06/banana-split-cake.html

3. Most controversial...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2010/06/rant-for-week.html

4. Most helpful...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/08/best-advice-i-think-ive-ever-heard.html

5. Post that was surprisingly successful...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/06/banana-split-cake.html

6. Post that did not get the attention it deserved...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/03/chocolate-cupcakes-with-spiked-orage.html

7. Post I am most proud of...http://theperfectthyme.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-personal-thoughts-on-food.html

The 6 Blogger friends I'm passing this on to are...

1.  lifewithmel.com
2.  mamagrubbsgrub.blogspot.com
3.  bakeyourday.net
4.  simplefarefairlysimple.blogspot.com
5.  richfletchersgoodfoodrevolution.blogspot.com
6.  theculinarylens.com

14 August 2011

Grilled Chipotle Chicken is a favorite of mine.

In a food processor combine 4 or 5 chipotle peppers with about a teaspoon of the adobe sauce.  Add 1 teaspoon cumin, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of paprika and about 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic powder.  Add about a Tablespoon of olive oil and combine.
Pour sauce all over preferred chicken pieces and let marinate at least 4 hours and then grill as normal.

Served with rice and a stuffed Big Jim pepper...a great dinner.

07 August 2011

A cooling dessert for such a HOT day...

Sundays are the one day a week that I almost always make a dessert.  I had originally planned to make a cake but it's so hot out I really didn't want to turn on the oven and also I couldn't find the recipe I wanted.  Organizing my life is a work in progress but that's for another time. 
This dessert is quick, easy and Delicious for a hot August Sunday dinner or probably any time. 

Melt 1 stick of butter in a pie dish.  Add 2 cups of crushed graham crackers.

Spread crushed graham crackers around the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pie dish pressing with the back of a spoon.  Add broken up pieces of a dark chocolate bar.  (or any candy bar that you enjoy)

Make your favorite chocolate pudding recipe and add 1/3 cup of fresh whipping cream.

Pour chocolate pudding mixture over the graham cracker candy crust.  I then topped with homemade whipped cream and sprinkled extra crushed candy bar and graham crackers on the top.  Refrigerate for a couple hours and ENJOY!!